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This is a followup to my previous post about Operation Fast And Furious (aka, Project Gunwalker, Project Gunrunner), where the ATF allowed guns to be purchased illegally in the U.S.A, and then sent to Mexican drug cartels. It looks like funding for that sorry operation came from...are you ready ?...Obama's stimulus plan !
Here's what it says on page 16 of the final stimulus bill:
For an additional amount for ‘‘State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance’’, $40,000,000, for competitive grants to provide assistance and equipment to local law enforcement along the Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border, of which $10,000,000 shall be transferred to ‘‘Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Salaries and Expenses’’ for the ATF Project Gunrunner.
At least some of those projects were shovel-ready !!! In this case, the shovels were used to dig the graves of the people killed by our putting illegal guns in the hands of the drug cartels. Yes We Can !!! Hope And Change !!!
I suppose selling guns to Mexican drug cartels is one way to stimulate our economy (no word yet on how many jobs were created or saved from Gunrunner), but there must be better ways.
We've known for a long time that Obama's stimulus plan was a government slush fund to be used any way the government saw fit. This news only reinforces what was already obvious. Too bad Congress didn't take the time to read the bill, eh ? As Pelosi said about ObamaCare, "you'll find out what's in it after it's passed". Yes, we're finding out alright.
Even though funding for Gunrunner was in Obama's stimulus bill, signed by Obama, Obama claims neither he nor AG Holder knew anything about it. Here's what Obama told Univision about Gunrunner back in March:
"I did not authorize it; Eric Holder, the attorney general, did not authorize it. He's been very clear that our policy is to catch gun-runners and put them into jail," Obama said.
Maybe Obama didn't read the bill either. So far, we know who allegedly DIDN'T authorize Gunrunner. It wasn't President Obama. It wasn't the head of Justice, AG Eric Holder, who works for Obama. It wasn't ATF Chief Kenneth Melson, who works for Holder. Given that nobody at the top authorized the operation, even though it was funded by Obama's stimulus package, maybe it was one of the night janitors at the ATF who authorized it. Doesn't it make you feel all warm and cozy knowing that our heads of government have no idea what their own people are up to ? Smart power indeed.
Btw, unemployment just went up to 9.2%. Only a measly 18,000 jobs were added in June. We better run more guns. We can borrow the money from China to fund the operation. It's Recovery Summer !!! Again !!!
Where did I put that Alka Seltzer ? I don't think I can take much more of this, and I can't imagine another 5 1/2 years of it. How many countries are we bombing now ? C'mon GOP, find a good candidate ! Or even a third party candidate who has a shot ! There has to be somebody better out there. If this is the best we can do, we're all in deep trouble.